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Loceryl Nail Lacquer

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Content reviewed on 23-08-20 Dr. Sarah Donald
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What is Loceryl?

Loceryl is a medication used to treat mild to moderate fungal infections. It is available as lacquer and is designed to combat infections that develop on the tips and sides of fingernails and toenails.

The active ingredient is amorolfine, an antifungal medicine. It forces holes into fungal cell membranes, causing their contents to spill out, in turn helping your body to clear the infection.

Loceryl is easy to apply, being painted directly onto the nail. It is also water and soap-resistant.

How do you use Loceryl nail lacquer?

The lacquer comes in a 3ml bottle, which is approximately three months' supply. You should always follow the instructions of your doctor as well as those detailed in the patient leaflet. A summary of the instructions is as follows:

  • before applying, file the surface of the affected area(s) of the nail with a clean, disposable nail file. If you use any cosmetic nail polish, remove this first
  • throw the nail file away after use to prevent spreading the infection
  • cleanse the nail with the disposable alcohol swabs provided
  • apply a layer of lacquer to the nail with the reusable applicator and leave to dry for three minutes
  • after use, clean the applicator with the swab, place the applicator back in the bottle and dispose of the swab
  • reapply twice weekly until the infection has cleared

You should wait at least ten minutes after the application before you use any cosmetic nail polish. Do not apply artificial nails to the treated areas for the duration of the treatment.

To fully clear the infection, treatment can take between 3 and 6 months for fingernails and 6 to 12 months for toenails. The duration depends on the severity of the infection and the size of the nail infected. To determine how long you should use Loceryl, please consult your doctor.

How does Loceryl compare to other treatments?

There are several treatments which have the same active ingredient as Loceryl, such as Curanail, Locetar and Odenil. These have the same dosage as Loceryl and are generic medications which work the same way and are just as effective.

Medications with lower dosages or other over-the-counter compounds usually have more moderate effectiveness than Loceryl, as do "home remedies". Home remedies are ineffective in most cases as they do not treat the fungal infection directly and are often purely cosmetic.

What are the possible side effects of Loceryl?

Loceryl is a very user-friendly medication, and it is unlikely that you will experience side effects. However, some of the most commonly reported side effects include broken/brittle nails and nail discolouration.

In rare cases, allergic reactions (such as contact dermatitis, itching and blistering) have been reported. If you experience an allergic reaction or any other side effect, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

What precautions should I take when using Loceryl?

Loceryl is not known to interact with any other medicines. However, you should always tell your doctor or pharmacist about any other medications you are taking to ensure Loceryl is suitable. When using this treatment, you should follow the below advice:

  • only apply this product to infected nails
  • wait at least ten minutes after applying Loceryl before using nail polish. Always remove any old polish before reapplying the lacquer to infected nails
  • do not use artificial nails after applying Loceryl
  • if you have more than two infected nails, or your nails are very damaged, you should consult your doctor
  • it is important to continue twice-weekly treatment until your infected nail has grown out completely
  • Loceryl should not be prescribed to those under the age of 18
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, seek advice from your doctor before using this medicine
  • if you are allergic to amorolfine or any other ingredients of the medication, avoid using it

How can I buy Loceryl online?

To buy Loceryl online with HealthExpress, you need to complete a short medical questionnaire, to be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If there are no health concerns, you will receive a valid prescription for your order, which will be forwarded to our pharmacy. They will ship the medication to your home or work address with free next-day delivery.

Treatment Information
Treatment Information
Product Name: Loceryl
Active Ingredient(s): Amorolfine
Manufacturer: Galderma
Description: Loceryl is a treatment for fungal infections
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Administration: Topical
Presentation: Nail lacquer
Available Dosage: 3 ml bottle
Application: Adults with fungal infections (nails)
Posology: Apply a thin layer to nail
Drug class: Antifungal
Alcohol consumption: Avoid alcohol consumption
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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